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Surfing

If you surf, you’ve heard of Fiji and some of the legendary breaks such as `Swimming Pools’, ‘Restaurants’ and of course, `Cloud Break’. Not so long ago, those breaks were for the exclusive use of resorts such as Namotu and Tavarua.

That’s no longer the case.

The Government of Fiji has in effect, deregulated the waves. Fiji's 2010 "Surfing Decree" allows anyone to surf anywhere in Fiji waters. For example, with the decree in place a visitor staying at a property on Viti Levu’s “Mainland” such as Seashell Cove or Matanivusi, can access the same breaks as people staying at Tavarua or Namotu.

Although there is some surfing off Kadavu, Vanua Levu and Lau Group by far the most popular and consistent breaks are are found on the reef passes of the southern most islands of the Mamanuca chainhome to Cloudbreak and the other famous breaks around Tavarua and Namotu. The other major break, Frigates, fringes a pass on the barrier reef surrounding Beqa Island. To get their you need to travel about two and a half hours east by car from Nadi to Pacific Harbour, where you're an approximate 20 minute boat ride from the break. 

There are a couple other minor breaks along the Coral Coast, such as Hideaways and beach breaks near the Sigatoka River but nothing close to the magnitude of Cloudbreak, Restaurants, and the like.


When is the best time to surf?

You can surf year around. That said, there are two different surf seasons.  Fiji’s winter is the best, from April to October, low pressure systems in the Southern Hemisphere ignite consistent swells as high as 8-10 feet (12-20 foot faces).

During the summer, from November through April, swells generally have shorter duration, 1-3 days. Typically winds are light, it’s hotter, glassy and you’ll get afternoon showers. 

Can I learn to surf in Fiji?

You can, but most of Fiji's breaks are strictly for experienced surfers. That's because most of Fiji's surf sites are reef breaks and that's not the best place for a beginner. A better local is Natadola Beach, about 45 minutes east of Nadi. (Contact the surf operators below for lessons).

Where do I stay?

You can divide accommodations into two basic categories. The first are tiny, private islands (east of Nadi) and include the resorts of Tavarua and Namotu. The others are sprinkled along Viti Levu’s Coral Coast. 

The price and demographic of accommodations range from low end surf camps (ie, Club Masi or Maqai Beach Resort on Qamea) to midrange and upmarket properties (such as Hideaway, Waidroka, Tavarua, Qamea Beach Resort or Matanivusi).

Which are for you? Depends on your budget and where you decide you want to surf.  For a detailed description of the classier ones see our Surf Resorts page.

Where to Surf off Viti Levu 

Below is a map and weather chart and accompanying text (courtesy of Globalsurfers.com) that provides a great resource for surfers planning on a visiting Viti Levu.  They have a Fiji Surf / Travel forum that's incredibly helpful. Vinaka Vaka Levu to Jeroen and the gang at GlobalSurfers.com.


Name

Location (approximate)

Type of Break


Level

Black Rock

Nadi

reef break

right hand

Expert

Cloudbreak

Nadi

reef break

left hand

Expert

Hideaway

Sigatoka

reef break

right hand

Intermediate

Lighthouse Rights

Suva (map is incorrect)

reef break

right hand

Expert

Mata Point

Nadi

reef break

right hand

Expert

Mini break

Nadi

reef break

left hand

Intermediate

Namotu Lefts

Nadi

reef break

left hand

Expert

Pipe

Nadi

reef break

left hand

Intermediate

Resorts Left

Nadi

pointbreak

left hand

Beginner

Restaurants

Nadi

reef break

left hand

Expert

Serua Rights

Nadi

reef break

right hand

Expert

Sigatoka

Sigatoka

beach break

left and right

Beginner

Vunaniu

Coral Coast

reef break

right hand

Expert

Wilkes Passage

Nadi

reef break

right hand

Expert

Wilkes Passage (2)

Nadi

reef break

left hand

Expert

 

 

 

 

 

Frigates Passage

Yanuca Island 

reef break   

left hand

Expert

 

 

 

 

 

King Kong

Kadavu

reef break

left and right

Intermed

Surfline Forecasts for Fiji Breaks

Cloudbreak, Tavaru

Restaurants, Tavarua

Wilkes Pass, Namotu

Namotu Left

Swimming Pools, Namotu

Frigate Pass (near Beqa)

King Kong Left, Nagigia Island (Kadavu)

Weather in Fiji

Climate: Fiji has a tropical climate with a wet and dry season. The wet season is between November and April, which is also when hurricanes and cyclones are most likely to occur while the dry season is between May and October. The prevailing trade winds blow from the east for most of the year and average annual precipitation varies from 1,780 mm (70 inches) to 2,030 mm (80 inches). Average temperature ranges in Suva are from 20 to 26 degrees Celsius (68 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit) in August to 23 to 30 degrees Celsius (73 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) in February.  

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Windsurfing is excellent in Fiji, particularly at the Sigatoka River mouth. It is easily the windiest place in the islands—the Southeast tradewinds come funneling down the coast and are accelerated by the thermal effect from the sand dunes which are heated like an inferno during the day. In the windy season (April – November) it blows a steady 20 knots average most days. However it can be windy outside of those months too. In January 1996 one avid windsurfer was able to sail his waveboard 21 days in a row there. High tide is probably best for sailing here because at low tide the sand bars are exposed making it more powerful and dangerous. However for experienced sailors this makes for smoother conditions as the reef to the east of the river entrance acts as a wave break at low tide.

Fijisurfco is now taking visitors on tours to small sand-bars and other areas on Viti Levu’s mainland. Contact them at fijisurf@connect.com.fj or visit www.fijisurfco.com.

 

Fiji Surf Association

For or more information on surfing in Fiji, be sure and check out the Fiji Surf Association website.  The mission of the organization is to bring the sport of surfing to the people of Fiji.  It's the sole national governing body in all matters relating to surfing and the sports relating to waveriding in the Fiji Islands. This entails body boarding and windsurfing in addition to"conventional" surfing. The Association also wishes to educate the public about the importance of the environment and to ensure that the natural resources of the Fiji Islands are maintained for the future enjoyment of tomorrow’s children. For more information on surfing in Fiji, be sure and check out the Fiji Surf Association website.  The FSA also has a Facebook page too.

Surf Gear & Surf Guides 

 

  • Malolo Surf Company (Adam Yared) - www.malolosurf.com | Phone: (679) 970-0952 Wailoaloa Beach, Nadi
  • Fiji Surf Co- Ian Muller | Email: fijisurf@connect.com.fj, Phone: (679) 992-8411 or (679) 670-5960, Sonaisali Resort Marina.
  • Adrenalin Fiji - Website: www.adrenalinfiji.com - Uri Kurop | Phone: (679) 675 0061 | Skype : adrenalin.fiji | Email : info@adrenalinfiji.com Port Denarau
  • Little John (Operates out of Plantation Island) Email: surffiji1971@yahoo.com | Phone: (679) 9302262
  • Ratu Seva (Waqa); Operates from Castaway Resort | Phone - (679) 9209797
  • Mamanuca Express:  Operates out of Port Denarau Marina--provides water 
    taxi service throughout the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands | Phone: (679) 6750151 | Mobile: (679) 9323700 | Email: res@mamanucaexpress.com

(all surfing photos courtesy of Stu & Malia Johnson of Fijisurfshots.com)

Catch us on Valeria Aleksandrova's blog page (in Polish) http://www.autoersatzteile.de/blog/surfing-w-figi-intra


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